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Invalid partition table

Hi guys, I just received a desktop that's quite nice but had an issue with its current hard drive(virus). I bought a new hard drive but when I installed it and booted up the desktop, I got a black screen saying "invalid partition table". I've read through a lot of the same suggestions over an over again and tried many. No luck. The desktop was running windows 7 and its a compaq presario. Any help would be appreciated

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If you mean a flat 'blinking' Cursor at the top-left of the Display.....then the load process did not complete; it halted at the partition table which could not be found.

some causes of this : In order of likely-hood

Invalid Boot Sector (it is pointing to the wrong place,)
(if you have Win7 or 8, startup repair will usually fix this.)

Bad Read-Head on the Hard drive causing errors (must replace hard drive.)

Virus.

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How To Recover Lost, Deleted Or Missing Files And Partitions


1. If TestDisk is not yet installed, it can be downloaded from <a href="http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk_Download">TestDisk Download</a>. Extract the files from the archive including the sub-directories.<br /><br />2. To recover a lost partition or repair the filesystem from a hard disk, USB key, Smart Card, etc., you need enough rights to access a physical device. <ul> <li> <img src="dos.png" /> Under DOS, run TestDisk.exe </li> <li> <img src="win.png" /> Under Windows, start TestDisk (ie testdisk-6.9/win/testdisk_win.exe) from an account in the Administrator group. Under Vista, right-click testdisk_win.exe and then "Run as administrator" to launch TestDisk. </li> <li> <img src="linux.png" /> Under Unix/Linux/BSD, you need to be root to run TestDisk (ie. sudo testdisk-6.9/linux/testdisk_static) </li> <li> <img src="macosx.png" /> Under MacOSX, if you are not root, TestDisk (ie testdisk-6.9/darwin/TestDisk) will restart itself using sudo after confirmation on your part. </li> <li> <img src="os2.png" /> Under OS/2, TestDisk doesn't handle a physical device, only a disk image. Sorry. </li></ul> 3. To recover partition from a media image or repair a filesystem image, run: <br /> <ul> <li> testdisk image.dd to create a raw disk image </li> <li> testdisk image.E01 to recover files from an Encase EWF image </li> <li> testdisk 'image.???' if the Encase image is split into several files. </li></ul> 4. <img src="linux.png" /> <img src="macosx.png" /> To repair a filesystem not listed by TestDisk, run testdisk device, i.e. <br /> <ul> <li> testdisk /dev/mapper/truecrypt0 or testdisk /dev/loop0 to repair the NTFS or FAT32 boot sector files from a TrueCrypt partition. The same method works with filesystem encrypted with cryptsetup/dm-crypt/LUKS. </li> <li> testdisk /dev/md0 to repair a filesystem on top of a Linux RAID device. </li></ul>5. Choose Create to instruct Testdisk to create a <a href="http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/Log_file">log file</a> containing technical information and messages, unless you have a reason to append data to the <a href="http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/Log_file">log</a> or you execute TestDisk from read only media and must create the <a href="http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/Log_file">log</a> elsewhere.<br /><br />6. Choose None if you do not want messages and details of the process to be written into a <a href="http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/Log_file">log file</a> (useful if for example Testdisk was started from a read-only location).<br /><br />7. Press Enter to proceed.<br /><br />8. All hard drives should be detected and listed with the correct size by TestDisk:<br /><img src="moz-screenshot.png" /><img src="pctech1.gif" /><br /> <ul> <li> Use up/down arrow keys to select your hard drive with the lost partition/s. </li> <li> Press Enter to Proceed. </li></ul> <img src="macosx.png" /> If available, use raw device /dev/rdisk* instead of /dev/disk* for faster data transfer. <br /><br />9. TestDisk displays the partition table types: <span><img src="Partition_table_type.gif" /></span> <ul> <li> Select the partition table type - usually the default value is the correct one as TestDisk auto-detects the partition table type. </li> <li> Press Enter to Proceed. </li></ul><br />10. TestDisk displays the menus:<br /> <span><img src="Menus.gif" /></span> <ul> <li> Use the default menu "Analyse" to check your current partition structure and search for lost partitions. </li> <li> Confirm at Analyse with Enter to proceed. </li></ul> 11. Now, your current partition structure is listed. Examine your current partition structure for missing partitions and errors: <br /> <span><img src="Analyse.gif" /></span> <ul> <li>The first partition is listed twice which points to a corrupted partition or an invalid partition table entry.</li> <li>Invalid NTFS boot points to a faulty NTFS boot sector, so it's a corrupted filesystem.</li> <li>Only one logical partition (label Partition 2) is available in the extended partition. One logical partition is missing.</li></ul>12. Confirm at <i><b>Quick Search</b></i> to proceed. <span><img src="Vista_check.gif" /></span> <ul> <li> Confirm according to your OS and created partitions to proceed. </li></ul>13. During the <i><b>Quick Search</b></i>, TestDisk has found two partitions including the missing logical partition labeled <i><b>Partition 3</b></i>. <a href="http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/File:First_results.gif"><img src="First_results.gif" /></a> <ul> <li> Highlight this partition and press <i><b>p</b></i> to list your files (to go back to the previous display, press q to Quit).</li> <li>If all directories and data are correctly listed, Press Enter to proceed. </li></ul> 14. Save the partition table or search for more partitions?<br /> <span><img src="Search_menu.gif" /></span> <ul> <li> <i><b>When all partitions are available</b></i> and data correctly listed, you should go to the menu <b>Write</b> to save the partition structure. 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This means that the operating system has crashed.. You can try to insert the operating system's disk and you can repair the operating system.

This happens when some file are missing which are essential for the system start up.

Could you please inform me about the operating system that you previously had? It would be easier for me to help you.

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The issue is you have changed your partition table. In most cases this will erase all data on the hard drive. You must reinstall windows to the hard drive, the repair option will not work since the data is gone.

Sorry for the bad news, I hope this helps clarify your issue

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When I turn on the computer,I get amessage that read's Invalid partition table. What is this & how do I repair it?


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Hp Support ---->Link.
or :
Cause 1 This issue may occur if you have a CD, a DVD or a floppy disk in your CD, DVD, or floppy drive when you start the computer. Cause 2 This issue occurs if one or more of the following elements are corrupted and will not load during the boot sequence of the computer:
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Method 1: Troubleshoot the specific element that causes Windows not to loadNote This option requires that you perform multiple steps to determine the exact element that causes the issue. This option may allow for you to keep customizations in Windows.
  1. Restart your computer in safe mode. To do this, press the F8 key while Windows is starting. Then, create a Windows XP boot disk to start the computer.

    For more information about how to create a Windows XP boot disk, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base: 305595 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/305595/ ) How to create a bootable floppy disk for an NTFS or FAT partition in Windows XP 315222 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/315222/ ) A description of the Safe Mode Boot options in Windows XP If you can start the computer from the boot disk without receiving an error message, the damage is limited to the master boot record, the boot sector, or the NTLDR file. After Windows XP is running, immediately back up all data before you try to fix the boot sector.

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    If invalid partitions are present or you cannot start your computer by using a boot disk, consider reinstalling Windows XP on your computer and restoring your data and configuration information from a recent backup.

    If you do not have a current backup copy of the data on the computer, contact a computer specialist to determine the best method of data recovery and configuration.
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You should buy a program called "Partition Table Doctor". I went through the EXACT same thing and it was just a bad partition on my mybook which is the EXACT same as yours is. It cleared up the problem for me. I still have problems with my mybook so i wish that I bought a different hard drive, but oh well.

but try "Partition Table Doctor", it will scan your mybook and fix any partition errors with it.

I was in the same boat as you over a year ago and trust me, "Partition Table Doctor" is a LIFESAVER!

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